Burano, Italy: the most colorful island in the world
If you’re planning a trip to Venice, Italy, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Burano, the most colorful island in the world. Located inside the Venetian Lagoon, you can reach this small island by local water taxi or vaporetto in about 45 minutes from the main island of Venice. It’s perfect for a day trip and believe me, it is worth it and you won’t regret it!
Like Venice, Burano is characterized by canals, little boats and narrow streets. But there’s one thing that makes Burano special: by law every single little house is painted with a different beautiful bright or pastel color. Needless to say, the atmosphere is incredible here! When you walk around the island, on its streets, through the courtyards and squares and along the canals, you feel just like in a fairytale!
I had the chance to visit Burano in the summer of 2015. I was writing my university dissertation at the time, I was SO stressed out and I barely had time to get out of the house. So I just decided to give myself a well deserved break and go to Venice with two of my friends for a 3 day-trip. I had already visited the city a couple of times, and even though I was excited to be there again, the absolute main goal of our trip was finally seeing Burano. We got there on a scorching hot day, but that didn’t stop my friends and I. We took the vaporetto from Venice and we got at the island pretty early.
One thing you have to know about me is that I am absolutely OBSESSED with colorful houses. They just give me so much joy and I think they make everything a lot more beautiful! Just imagine how happy I was to be there!
Burano is not a tourist trap
Every owner decorates his or her own house with beautiful personal touches, such as flowers and striped curtains that match the facades. In fact, the island is almost entirely residential and that’s why, even though it has become more and more popular among tourists, it hasn’t lost its authentic charm and magic. You’ll easily find the elderly ladies embroider the famous Burano lace (there’s even a Lace Museum on the island) or reading in squares, kids playing freely on the streets and fishermen on their traditional boats.
And although it was the middle of the summer season and there were a lot of visitors, we could still find calmness, peace and empty squares to enjoy (and also take lots of pictures because, why not right?).
Along the canals you can find lots of little craft shops and restaurants, where you can eat everything the renowned Italian cuisine can offer, especially fish dishes.
Do you recognize this perfect bright pink house? It’s such a popular Instagram spot now! I’m not gonna lie, this is my dream house!
Why so colorful?
But why are the houses painted with such bright colors you may ask? Well, there are two legends. One says that the fishermen started the tradition in order to find their homes during winter foggy nights. According to another one there was some wine involved: in fact, it says that the houses were painted by the fishermen’s wives to keep their husbands from losing their way home after drinking a few too many drinks.
Our visit to the island was a total success and just what I needed to get my mind off of my thesis. I still can’t quite believe such a magical place exists. So if you are as obsessed as me by colorful houses, I suggest you don’t let the many tourists scare you away! Go to Burano and take all its beauty in!
By Explore like a Girl Founder Laura Sironi
Photos by Laura & Valentina Capozza
You can find more info on Burano on its official website.